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US9052059B2 US13/090,354 US201113090354A US9052059B2 US 9052059 B2 US9052059 B2 US 9052059B2 US 201113090354 A US201113090354 A US 201113090354A US 9052059 B2 US9052059 B2 US 9052059B2
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    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS AND UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
    • F16MFRAMES, CASINGS OR BEDS OF ENGINES, MACHINES OR APPARATUS, NOT SPECIFIC TO ENGINES, MACHINES OR APPARATUS PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE; STANDS; SUPPORTS
    • F16M11/00Stands or trestles as supports for apparatus or articles placed thereon Stands for scientific apparatus such as gravitational force meters
    • F16M11/20Undercarriages with or without wheels
    • F16M11/24Undercarriages with or without wheels changeable in height or length of legs, also for transport only, e.g. by means of tubes screwed into each other
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F16ENGINEERING ELEMENTS AND UNITS; GENERAL MEASURES FOR PRODUCING AND MAINTAINING EFFECTIVE FUNCTIONING OF MACHINES OR INSTALLATIONS; THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL
    • F16MFRAMES, CASINGS OR BEDS OF ENGINES, MACHINES OR APPARATUS, NOT SPECIFIC TO ENGINES, MACHINES OR APPARATUS PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE; STANDS; SUPPORTS
    • F16M11/00Stands or trestles as supports for apparatus or articles placed thereon Stands for scientific apparatus such as gravitational force meters
    • F16M11/42Stands or trestles as supports for apparatus or articles placed thereon Stands for scientific apparatus such as gravitational force meters with arrangement for propelling the support stands on wheels
    • GPHYSICS
    • G01MEASURING; TESTING
    • G01FMEASURING VOLUME, VOLUME FLOW, MASS FLOW OR LIQUID LEVEL; METERING BY VOLUME
    • G01F15/00Details of, or accessories for, apparatus of the preceding groups insofar as such details or appliances are not adapted to particular types of such apparatus
    • G01F15/18Supports or connecting means for meters

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Apparatus and method for elevating and supporting an air flow measuring device to enable hands-free air flow measurement.

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FIELD
The present invention relates to a stand to elevate and support an air flow measuring device.
BACKGROUND
Referring to FIG. 1, an air flow measuring device 100 is used to measure air flow from registers, diffusers and grilles, for example, for various reasons such as, to verify air flow distribution, balance buildings, and pinpoint air system deficiencies. Air flow measuring device 100 generally includes a hood 110 and base 120. The hood 110 channels air to the base 120. The base 120 includes a measuring device for measuring the air flow and a readout device.
Air flow is measured using the air flow measuring device 100 by holding and aligning the hood 100 against an air flow opening and reading the airflow measurement on the readout device such a digital display.
Air flow openings for air flow measurements are typically located in ceilings; accordingly, a technician must align and hold the air flow measuring device against an air flow opening typically using a ladder. Thus, to measure and adjust air flow, a technician must not only carry around the air flow measuring device 100 but also a ladder. There also are safety risk with the use of a ladder. Accordingly, there is a need for a more efficient and safe method to measure air flow for air flow openings in high ceilings.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING
FIG. 1 illustrates a prior art air flow measuring device.
FIG. 2 illustrates an exemplary embodiment of an attachment mechanism that may be used with the air flow measuring device of FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 illustrates an exemplary line drawing of the attachment mechanism of FIG. 2 in use with expanders and a hand base.
FIG. 4 illustrates an exemplary environment for using the attachment mechanism of FIG. 2 and expanders and hand base of FIG. 3.
FIG. 5 illustrates an exemplary stand for use with the attachment mechanism of FIG. 2 and hand base of FIG. 3.
FIG. 6 illustrates an exemplary environment for using the attachment mechanism of FIG. 2, expanders and hand base of FIG. 3, and stand of FIG. 5.
FIGS. 7A and 7B illustrate another exemplary embodiment of a mechanism that may be used with an air flow measuring device to facilitate elevating and supporting the air flow measuring device.
FIGS. 8A and 8B illustrate an exemplary cart that can be used with the mechanism of FIGS. 7A and 7B
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To measure air flow measurements in high ceilings, exemplary embodiments of the present invention elevate and support an air flow measuring device to eliminate the need for bulky ladders or enables hands-free air flow measurement.
FIG. 2 illustrates an exemplary embodiment of an attachment mechanism 200 that may be used with an air flow measuring device to facilitate elevating and supporting the air flow measuring device. Attachment mechanism 200 includes plates 210 a-d, horizontal members 220 a-d, vertical members 230 a-d, connector members 240 a, b, and a tensioner 250. Horizontal members 220 a-d, vertical members 230 a-d, and connector members 240 a, b may be hollow or solid and/or may be a tube, rod, pipe, bar etc. Horizontal members 220 a-d, vertical members 230 a-d, and connector members 240 a, b may be any material, for example, aluminum, plastic, graphite, copper, iron, etc. Preferably, horizontal members 220 a-d, vertical members 230 a-d, and connector members 240 a, b are a material that is strong but lightweight. Horizontal pipes 220 a,b, vertical pipes 230 a,b, and connector pipe 240 a may be one integral piece or may be detachable. Similarly, horizontal pipes 220 c,d, vertical pipes 230 c,d, and connector pipe 240 b may be one integral piece or may be detachable.
The plates 210 a-d attach to the inner surface of the base 120 and attach to horizontal pipes 220 a-d, respectively. Horizontal members 220 a-d extend from plates 210 a-d and connect to vertical members 230 a-d, respectively. Connecting pipe 240 a connects horizontal member 220 a and vertical member 230 a with horizontal member 220 b and vertical member 230 b. Similarly, connecting member 240 b connects horizontal member 220 c and vertical member 230 c with horizontal member 220 d and vertical member 230 d. Connecting members 240 a, b may serve to reinforce attachment mechanism 200.
Tensioner 250 connects between connecting members 240 a, b and may be adjusted to ensure that attachment mechanism 200 is securely fitted on the air flow measuring device. Tensioner 250 can be any adjustable device that can be adjusted to ensure that attachment mechanism 200 is securely fitted on the air flow measuring device. One of ordinary skill in the art would know how to make a tensioner 250 that can be adjusted to ensure that attachment mechanism 200 is securely fitted on the air flow measuring device. In some implementations, tensioner 250 is a predetermined length that cannot be adjusted.
Referring to FIG. 3, vertical members 230 a-d extend downward and are configured to connect to expanders 260 a-d, receptively. Expanders may be used to elevate the air flow measuring device based on the height of the ceiling and the height of the technicians. Expanders 260 a-d can be expandable, and once at the desired length, can be locked in place with expander locks 265, for example. One of ordinary skill in the art would know how to make expanders that can be adjusted and then locked in place. Expanders 260 a-d may lock to vertical members 230 a-d using receptor locks 267 a-d, which may be on the ends of expanders 260 a-d, receptively. If needed, one or more additional expanders may be cascaded together to further elevate the air flow measuring device.
The expanders 260 a-d may attach to a hand base 270, which includes grab bars 272 a, b, vertical members 274 a-d, and connecting members 276 a,b. Connecting members 276 a,b may be collapsible for portability. Vertical members 274 a-d may lock to expanders 260 a-d using receptor locks 278 a-d, which may be on the ends of vertical members 274 a-d, receptively. Grab bars 272 a, b, vertical members 274 a-d, and connecting members 276 a,b may be the same material as horizontal members 220 a-d, vertical members 230 a-d, and connector members 240 a, b.
The expanders and hand base may be hollow or solid and/or components thereof may be a tube, rod, pipe, bar etc. The expanders and hand base may be any material, for example, aluminum, plastic, graphite, copper, iron, etc., but preferably, is a material that is strong but lightweight.
Referring to FIG. 4, to measure air flow, for example, in a register 410 located in a high ceilings 420, attachment mechanism 200 may be attached to the inner surface of the base 120 of the air flow measuring device. Vertical members 230 of attachment mechanism 200 may be attached to expanders 260 and adjusted for additional height depending on the height of the ceiling and the technician. Expanders 260 are attached to vertical members 274 of hand base 270. A technician may lift the air flow measuring device toward the register using grab bars 272.
For hands-free air flow measurement, a stand 500, as shown in FIG. 5, may be used. The stand 500 may include a lift 530 to adjust the height of the air flow measuring device. In this case, vertical members 230 of attachment mechanism 200 may be attached directly to vertical members 274 of hand base 270 without the use of expanders 260. To stabilize the air flow measuring device to the stand 500, stand 500 includes a retainer members 510 secured to the stand 500 that may be inserted into an aperture of vertical members 274 of hand base 270. Vertical members 274 may also include non skid pads 520. The entire assembly may be placed on a cart for portability, as shown in FIG. 6.
FIGS. 7A and 7B illustrate another exemplary embodiment of a mechanism 700 that may be used with an air flow measuring device to facilitate elevating and supporting the air flow measuring device. Mechanism 700 includes holders 705, 710, connector member 715, an expander 725, and a base 730.
Holders 705, 710 engage with opposite sides of the base 120, respectively. More specifically, the back wall 705 a, 710 a of the respective holders 705 a, 710 a engage the inner surface of the respective sides of the base 120. The bottom of the respective sides of the base 120 rest in the grove 705 b, 710 b of the respective holders 705, 710.
Connector 715 extends from the back walls of the holders 705, 710 and connect the holders 705, 710. In some implementations, connector 715 can be any adjustable device that can be adjusted to ensure that mechanism 700 is securely fitted on the air flow measuring device. For example, connector 715 may include a spring locking female coupler to adjust the distance between the holders 705, 710. One of ordinary skill in the art would know how to make a connector 715 that can be adjusted to ensure that mechanism 700 is securely fitted on the air flow measuring device. In some implementations, connector 715 is a predetermined length that cannot be adjusted.
Connector 715 can include one or more receptors 720 a, 720 b that each includes an opening to receive one or more vertical members 725 a, 725 b, respectively, of an expander 725. The expander 725 may be used to elevate the air flow measuring device based on the height of the ceiling and the height of the technicians. The expander 725 can be expandable, and once at the desired length, can be locked in place. One of ordinary skill in the art would know how to make an expander that can be adjusted and then locked in place. If needed, one or more additional expanders may be cascaded together to further elevate the air flow measuring device.
The expander 725 may connect to a base 730. In some implementation, base 730 may be collapsible. One of ordinary skill in the art would know how to make a collapsible base.
Components of mechanism 700 may be hollow or solid and/or may be a tube, rod, pipe, bar etc. The mechanism 700 may be any material, for example, aluminum, plastic, graphite, copper, iron, etc., but, preferably is a material that is strong but lightweight. Mechanism 700 may be one integral piece or may be detachable as, for example, shown in FIG. 7A. Holders 705, 710 and connector member 715 may be one integral piece or may be detachable. For example, holders 705, 710 may detach from connector member 715. Expander 725 may be one integral piece or components of expander 725 may be detachable. For example, vertical members 725 a, 725 b may be detachable from horizontal member 725 c, 725 d. Base 730 may be one integral piece or components of base 730 may be detachable.
FIGS. 8A and 8B illustrates another exemplary embodiment of a cart 800 that can be used for hand-free air flow measurement. To stabilize the air flow measuring device 100 and mechanism 700 to the cart 800, the base 730 can include openings 730 a, 730 b that can be used to connect the base 730 to a lift 805 on the cart 800 with screws, for example. The lift 805 can be used to adjust the height of the air flow measuring device.
Many modifications and other embodiments of the invention will come to mind to one skilled in the art to which this invention pertains having the benefit of the teachings presented in the forgoing descriptions and the associated drawings. Therefore, it is to be understood that the invention is not to be limited to the specific embodiments disclosed and that modifications and other embodiments are intended to be included within the scope of the appended claims. Although specific terms are employed herein, they are used in a generic and descriptive sense only and not for purposes of limitation.
Reference throughout this specification to “an embodiment” or words of similar import means that a particular described feature, structure, or characteristic is included in at least one embodiment of the present invention. Thus, the phrase “in an embodiment” or a phrase of similar import in various places throughout this specification does not necessarily refer to the same embodiment.
Furthermore, the described features, structures, or characteristics may be combined in any suitable manner in one or more embodiments. In the above description, numerous specific details are provided for a thorough understanding of embodiments of the invention. One skilled in the relevant art will recognize, however, that embodiments of the invention can be practiced without one or more of the specific details, or with other methods, components, materials, etc. In other instances, well-known structures, materials, or operations may not be shown or described in detail.

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1. An apparatus elevating and supporting the air flow measuring device, said apparatus comprising:
a four-legged base,
an attachment piece comprised of: a) a pair of oppositely positioned holders, each of which engages with one side of a base of the air flow measuring device; and b) a connector member which is centrally positioned and attached to the holders;
an expander piece which is attached to the connector member; wherein the expander piece is composed of a pair of opposing vertically expandable elements, each of which is attached to a receptor on the connector member at one end thereof and is further attached at an opposing end thereof to the four-legged base;
wherein engagement of the attachment piece to the air flow measuring device and the engagement of the attachment piece to the expander piece supports the apparatus and the air flow measuring device in a vertical fashion above ground without the need for the apparatus to be held by a user.
2. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein the four-legged base is collapsible and/or detachable.
3. The apparatus of claim 1 further comprising a cart including a lift.
4. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein the four-legged base further comprises at least one element for attaching the apparatus to a cart.
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